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  • Lango-DjangoLango-Django Niagara-On-The-Lake, ONModerator
    Posts: 1,322
    Michael Dunn in Vancouver BC

    http://www.michaeldunnguitars.com/

    I've had mine for about five years now, and I'm real happy with it.
    I live in a little tourist town called Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario, Canada, which is about twenty miles north of Niagara Falls.

    If you are ever planning on visiting the beautiful Niagara area, feel free to PM me and perhaps we can get together and do some jamming.
  • HotTinRoofHotTinRoof Florida✭✭✭
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    Does anyone have experience with La Fee guitars? I love some of the designs.

    http://www.guitareslafee.com/
  • Lango-DjangoLango-Django Niagara-On-The-Lake, ONModerator
    Posts: 1,322
    Warning: long involved question about luthiers---

    OK, here goes...

    I've only managed to attend Django in June once, and that was in 2008.

    There was an amateur luthier there, I hope somebody knows his name---? who had just made his first original designed guitar that somehow blended gypsy and classical-style internal bracing.

    I personally didn't get a chance to play it, buy everyone who did was oohing and ahhing over it... and it finally would up that Robin Nolan had to try it at a jam session in the upstairs hall, and he loved it so much that he chose it to use for his Friday night concert... pronouncing that it was a "cannon"....

    I've always wondered if that guy was still working on this blended design and how it's been working out for him in the few years since I met him...??

    Can anybody finish this story?
    I live in a little tourist town called Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario, Canada, which is about twenty miles north of Niagara Falls.

    If you are ever planning on visiting the beautiful Niagara area, feel free to PM me and perhaps we can get together and do some jamming.
  • Michael BauerMichael Bauer Chicago, ILProdigy Selmers, Busatos and more…oh my!
    Posts: 999
    That was Bob Holo, and that very guitar and its twin have both been for sale on Djangobooks.
    I've never been a guitar player, but I've played one on stage.
  • Michael BauerMichael Bauer Chicago, ILProdigy Selmers, Busatos and more…oh my!
    Posts: 999
    That was Bob Holo, and that very guitar and its twin have both been for sale on Djangobooks.
    I've never been a guitar player, but I've played one on stage.
  • Lango-DjangoLango-Django Niagara-On-The-Lake, ONModerator
    Posts: 1,322
    How much did they go for, if you don't mind me asking?
    I live in a little tourist town called Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario, Canada, which is about twenty miles north of Niagara Falls.

    If you are ever planning on visiting the beautiful Niagara area, feel free to PM me and perhaps we can get together and do some jamming.
  • Michael BauerMichael Bauer Chicago, ILProdigy Selmers, Busatos and more…oh my!
    Posts: 999
    I think they were $3,500, but Michael would be the one to ask.
    I've never been a guitar player, but I've played one on stage.
  • Lango-DjangoLango-Django Niagara-On-The-Lake, ONModerator
    Posts: 1,322
    Perhaps if the owners of those guitars are reading this thread they will have some comments about their guitars.

    Personally I'm too attached to my Michael Dunn guitar to ever sell it, but if I ever came into a little windfall I'd be tempted to buy a guitar like Holo is making... I think it's a real interesting thing he's doing, combining gypsy and classical style construction, and I'd like to know more about it.
    I live in a little tourist town called Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario, Canada, which is about twenty miles north of Niagara Falls.

    If you are ever planning on visiting the beautiful Niagara area, feel free to PM me and perhaps we can get together and do some jamming.
  • klaatuklaatu Nova ScotiaProdigy Rodrigo Shopis D'Artagnan, 1950s Jacques Castelluccia
    Posts: 1,645
    Perhaps if the owners of those guitars are reading this thread they will have some comments about their guitars.

    Personally I'm too attached to my Michael Dunn guitar to ever sell it, but if I ever came into a little windfall I'd be tempted to buy a guitar like Holo is making... I think it's a real interesting thing he's doing, combining gypsy and classical style construction, and I'd like to know more about it.
    Bob makes wonderful guitars, but Rodrigo Shopis builds guitars that are as good as anything out there, and better than most. Check out this video:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00gOH_2tWuU

    BTW, I happen to own that guitar now (bought it over a year ago from the original owner, Charlie Miller), and I love it so much that I've ordered another one from Rodrigo, a Selmer-sized D hole, which I should have in a few weeks.
    Benny

    "It's a great feeling to be dealing with material which is better than yourself, that you know you can never live up to."
    -- Orson Welles
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